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2011 News Archive

Dental practices buying new instruments, radiography equipment or entire dental units can dispose of or recycle old equipment, but they can also opt for donating gently used equipment to benefit others.

Woodstock, Ga.—The first patient in line for the inaugural two-day Georgia Mission of Mercy dental clinic Aug. 12 and 13 arrived 17 hours early and offered to help unload equipment during his wait at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock. By Friday morning, the 4,000 or so people created a line 2,000 yards long, according to the GDA.

By logging on to, viewers can experience—or re-experience—some of the best of the ADA’s 152nd Annual Session, which convened Oct. 10-13 in Las Vegas through this year’s new virtual extension of the meeting.

Las Vegas—Every year, the ADA Board of Trustees recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry by making them honorary members.

Since leaving office in 2009 after four years as U.S. secretary of state under President George W. Bush, the pace of life has slowed a bit for Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D

Country music star Faith Hill was one of several performers who entertained May 6 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., at a fundraiser for the Interfaith Dental Clinic.

Couple walks into the “Pawn Stars” roadshow Tuesday at Annual Session, says grandma brought the conch cameo “from Russia or Poland” circa 1913. Rick Harrison, one of the popular TV foursome, eyeballs it, replies, “Europe? She lied to you; they’re made in the United States.”

Charlotte, N.C.—The volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants at the North Carolina Dental Society’s Mission of Mercy program pulled an all-nighter Aug. 19.

Boston—Dr. Leonard B. Kaban says there are three stages in life: youth, middle age and the award-winning stage.

Houston—Do you know of a dental health professional doing exceptional work to improve health or access to health care in his or her community or someone who has solved a daunting community health problem? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking nominees for its 2012 Community Health Leaders award.

Based on the popularity of a 2010 ADA continuing education course, the ADA Division of Global Affairs and Australian Dental Association have created a new course in which dentists and researchers with expertise in their fields discuss a range of clinical and practice management topics.

Princeton, N.J.—A national program that has fostered diversity among U.S. medical school faculty for the past 25 years will now do the same for dental school faculty.

Springfield, Mo.—Nearly 1,900 adults and children. One million dollars.

To better serve students and members, the ADA and Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations are undergoing a major technology project to update software systems that support the Dental Admission Test, National Board exams and other testing programs. As part of the upgrade, some testing services will be suspended in January 2012.

The ADA is recognizing dental society activities and excellence in leadership through presentation of the 23rd annual Golden Apple Awards.

A watershed discussion that will shape decisions regarding ADA membership for years to come took place Aug. 1 during the ADA Board of Trustees meeting.

Washington—The American Dental Education Association is seeking a new editor for the Journal of Dental Education.

Drs. Wolfram and Beth Anne Trummer, who practice in Hanover, Pa., are the 2011 winners of a trip for two to the 2011 ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

Sports drinks and sodas may taste good but they can wreak havoc on teeth.

Washington—Dental professionals who treat children with special health care needs can find journal articles, materials and organizations listed in Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: A Resource Guide Second Edition.

Dr. William R. Calnon, a general dentist from Rochester, N.Y., was installed today as the 148th president of the American Dental Association. Dr. Calnon and other new or returning ADA officers and trustees were installed during proceedings of the 2011 House of Delegates, meeting this week at the 152nd ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

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